by Lois Saff
I have heard it said many times that God holds our tears in his hands, but why would God hold our tears in his hands? Wouldn’t a loving Father wipe our tears, not catch them? And what good would it do to catch tears? Tears are salt water and salt water isn’t good to drink, or water plants. Its great for fish, but we are more precious than fish and need fresh water.
Our God is a God of purpose and love. So what was the purpose of catching tears? I asked God and pondered the question. It seemed to me that the answer must lie in some kind of transformation, turning salt water into potable water that can be used to quench a thirst or make flowers grow. Somehow purifying it.
Then it hit me. Purifying us is what Jesus did on the cross. The hand of our God is also the hand of our Savior, and the hand that catches tears is also the hand that was pierced for our benefit. Any tears that fall, that roll down to the lowest point, the scars of crucifixion, pass through the opening and are then caught in His bottle.
“You number and record my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle—are they not in Your book?” Psalm 56:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Jesus promises to give us living water. What a wonderful thought that He can take water that isn’t good to help a human live and turn into purified, bottled water that can be used for nourishment, for growth in Him.
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38 ESV
God takes what is deep in our hearts, the broken places are that manifest in tears. He purifies them, bottles them and uses that bottled water to quench us, heal us, and fills us with living water. He did it for me, He does it for all who love Him.
Catch My Tears
Acrylic on Canvas,
By Lois Saff
June 2014 at Rekindle Your Fire for God Event
Thank you for your encouraging post.
Searching for the various occurrences of the word "tears" in the Bible made for a fascinating study.
I discovered that there is not any reference to God "catching tears" in the Bible.
However, I do appreciate your imaginative take on the often used expression.I discovered some beautiful verses about tears that are certainly worth sharing here. I've listed my favorite verses below that give us a glimpse into the heart and intent of God as it pertains to our tears!
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